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Strong immune systems are the best shield human bodies have against any illness or microbial invader including the newest bio weapon virus-COVID 19. You have to seek out alternative medicine sites to find the best natural means for anyone to boost their immune system. There are plenty of foods you can grow or buy which boost the immune system at any and every age. I will include them in my post this week as well as some cost effective supplements and proven remedies over hundreds of years, from a number of different medical systems and countries FYI.
Large pharmaceutical companies, which work to maximize profits, do not have "optimal, continual health" as their priority, (since that would mean diminished -or no profits). I urge you not to consider them as your only source of information on health. These large pharmaceutical corporations contribute to most medical schools, are intertwined with large government and international "health organizations" including the World Health Organization (WHO) the US Center of Disease Control (CDC) and foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Be advised and be discerning when consulting their websites, the "announcements" they present, and the data they distribute to media sources via their spokespeople and representative (paid/sponsored) doctors.
Three effective supplements (N-A-C, Ke Chuan Pian, Zinc/elderberry combination) are very cost effective without any harmful side effects if the correct dosage per your body weight is followed. You can read more on a previous blog post: www.jopatti.com/blog/quarantine-spreading-fast
Why aren't major media channels feeding the world population with information everyone would benefit from both in the short and long term? Why are sites advertising natural supplements and strategies for immunity boosting being de-platformed or buried in search engines? Why are they ignored by most western educated medical doctors and centers for disease control (CDC), and certainly by the anemic World Health Organization (WHO)? They are aware there are proven, simple, cost effective ways almost everyone in the world could implement. Read the text, articles linked below and see the photos of a variety of foods, spices and beverages we can use everyday to strengthen our immune system.
I also include foods, substances and habits which will weaken your immune system, and which you should avoid and eliminate from your diet and lifestyle choices as soon as possible.
Numerous articles from medical journals, popular lay person "medical advice" sites and from independent blogs, are available online. I am linking a few easy to follow articles for you to read and decide for yourself which foods are possible in your area of the world and within your budget, and which you could start planting for a continual personal supply.
They include: 1) Getting enough sleep 2) Getting enough exercise 3) Eating non-processed, healthy foods regularly 4) Drinking clean water 5) Best practices for hygiene and sanitation for you and your family, and in the workplace 6) Getting outside in the sun and fresh air for at least an hour a day. 7) Not smoking or vaping (anything) and staying away from areas with smoke and toxic air 8) Not drinking alcohol or taking any drugs except prescription drugs which are absolutely necessary.
Here are a few more articles expanding on this advice:
While many of us are required to "self isolate" - especially after air travel (as I am by work after flying internationally and nationally) and most gyms and recreation/sports venues are temporarily closed; here are ways you can exercise in a small space and as long as you have access to the internet you can stream or download them-most for free:
Exercise will help you maintain and strengthen your physical and emotional health. Qigong, I know from personal experience-is a powerful inner and outer strength builder, and immune strengthening practice. It originated in China, in Henan province thousands of years ago. There are many articles, videos and podcasts. I include two I recommend below:
It is vital, especially with limited direct human contact, to "feed" your emotional, mental health with positive and pro active images, information, music and contact. The emergence of free podcasts gives us a range of subjects, inspirational discussions and motivational talks to listen/watch. I recommend the following and they are all free:
2. Mike Drop podcast - raw, uncensored, not for children/young teens FYI
3. Patriot Nurse has short videos/information which are practical and clear:
Since "fear, anxiety, panic and extreme stress" all lower our immune systems, our capabilities and response time; we need to be mindful of the triggers in ourselves, our environment as well as in the media which may elevate cortisol and pressure our adrenal glands, kidneys and adversely affect our decision making. FYI in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specific organs are associated/connected with specific emotions - "Fear" is connected to the kidneys, "anger" to the liver-for example.
One antidote to fear, especially of the unknown or uncertain, is credible information and active planning. Another is love, trusted human contact and a place which is "secure". Now is the time to cultivate these "antidotes" before possible lock downs, restricted movement, checkpoints and even martial law become part of the "new normal" daily life. Don't think it could never happen where you are, plan for contingencies and use your time to search previous examples of how ordinary people (not military, law enforcement, very wealthy citizens) coped during these times.
Sadly, many have crossed the threshold these past weeks and for many families the death of love ones has left them in deep, sudden grief. Many countries cannot allow the ritual of grieving at a funeral for fear of further contagion. May those of us still on Earth, offer more prayers for those suffering in body, spirit and mind. One way to envision those we knew who are now no longer living in pain or illness is that now they are "free" from that suffering and pain. Our responsibility is to be diligent in the ways we know now to keep our own bodies, our own families and loved ones, our colleagues and fellow citizens, healthy and productive as long as we can.
Closing tonight, on the day of my birthday, with music which has special sentimental significance since I watched the movie "Gladiator" with a number of loved ones in my life who are now "over the threshold" and are now..."free".
This is a beautifully rendered and recorded live performance of the tremendously talented and skillful contemporary composer and musician, Hans Zimmer's: "Now We Are Free" with Czarina Russel performing. May it offer you solace and be a balm in this time of trouble and challenge-wherever you may be my dear friends: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1UiD2sxoWo
Until next week, keep healthy!